More Updates on Our Birthday Festivities!

Written By: Papercut Zine Library Published: May 15th, 2012

Featuring live music acts: The Low TideFat Creeps and Birthdays!

and local zines released and showcased by:

High 5! The funnest and finest bi-weekly listing of free and cheap events available.
Bay State Badass #2! Brand new second issue of the lady-centric bike zine taking the streets by storm.
Today Belongs to You by Andrue Coombes
Nothing Mattress comics by Brian Connolly
New Vision by the Chubby Behemoth
Miss Sequential’s Sketchbook
Assorted Comic Zines by Liz Prince
Assorted Zines by Chelsea Dirck
Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Rihanna by Coorain Devin. About Rihanna and how her image functions in our culture.

Also check out this month’s mini-exhibit on lady-licious bike zines!

Hope to see you there!

*RSVP on Facebook, if you like.


Written By: Betty Slutsky Published: May 7th, 2012

PARTY! Papercut Turns Seven / New Zines Getting Released!

Saturday May 19, 2012
Also Fat Creeps

In these kooky digital days, some have wondered whether zines are still relevant. The New York Times and the thriving existence of zine libraries like Papercut would indicate that YES! Zines are a living medium! In our seven years we have signed up ~1500 members and accumulated ~15,000 zines, placing us among the largest zine collections in the world! Aren’t you lucky to live near us?

Yes. So take advantage of your proximity and come on over to 1299 Cambridge Street 02139 on May 19th for food, fun, music, and NEW ZINES!
We invite zinesters to bring their new zines to sell/distribute. Contact papercut at riseup dot net if you want to add your zine to the party.

Zine list thus far:
High 5! The funnest and finest bi-weekly listing of free and cheap events available.
Bay State Badass #2! Brand new second issue of the lady-centric bike zine taking the streets by storm.
Today Belongs to You by Andrue Coombes
Nothing Mattress by Brian Connolly
New Vision by the Chubby Behemoth
Assorted Comic Zines by Liz Prince
Assorted Zines by Chelsea Dirck
Miss Sequential’s Sketchbook
Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Rihanna by Coorain Devin. About Rihanna and how her image functions in our culture.

There will be live music and snackies. Come and bring friends and zines!
Leave with new zines and maybe new friends ^_^

Also, check out this month’s zine exhibit: lady-ful bike zines!

New High 5s and Slingshots in

Written By: kimberly Published: May 3rd, 2012

Just in time for the weekend. New Slingshot and High-5s on display.

Bonus hours today (Thursday) from 3:30-5pm. Come hang out.

PCZL Invades Wesern Mass!

Written By: kimberly Published: Apr 30th, 2012

We’d like to thank Food For Thought Books and everyone who was involved in making the Zine Fest possible! Lex and I had a blast tabling this year and meeting some of our favorite zinesters. I did a pretty low-key workshop on Saturday about Zines, Papercut, and the importance of independent media (“What’s a zine, anyway?”) that I hope folks enjoyed. Here’s some pictures from Food For Thought from the event! (More here)

Here I am tabling next to Kim Funk and Suzi X!!

Here are our buddies Brian (Nothing Mattress) and Chelsea tabling. Chelsea designed our membership cards and big-buttons ~ and also lent us her buttonmaker for some last minute merch-making. Thanks Chelsea!

Vicky and Hanna tabling High 5, a zine that is made in the same building as Papercut. Ruuules.

Pioneer Valley Zine Fest!

Written By: kimberly Published: Apr 23rd, 2012

Pioneer Valley Zine Fest is a three day event that strives to bring accessibility to DIY zine making as well as supporting radical independent publishing. Our goal is to bring writers, activists, artists and community members together through sharing, connecting, and collaborating.

Zines, which are written in a variety of formats, strive to set importance on bringing literature, art, and politics out of a profit oriented industry. This lets information that is often exlusive to academic or privileged spheres available to a more general public. Zines offer a founding basis of Do-it-yourself “DIY” communities and encourage anyone to write fiction, non fiction, or anything else without the need of a publisher.

Papercut will be tabling at this on Saturday, so look out for our table!

Papercut Tables at Spring Zine Thing

Written By: drawmedy Published: Apr 15th, 2012

Today we got to table at the “Spring Zine Thing,” a zine fair put on by Somerville community members at the Washington Street Art Center.  It was a great event with lots of local artists and zinesters.  Check out the list below to see some of the great zines and zine-making groups in the Boston area!

Because the Boss Belongs to Us ::
Miss Sequential ::
Trees and Hills Comic Group ::
Easy Jaws ::
The Thunderboom Review of Things ::
i left this here for you to read ::
Zombie Romance ::
No Thoughts ::
Cake Time ::
Colin Tedford ::
Coloring and Sketch Book ::
Moral Relativism ::
Nothing Mattress ::
Lady Fest Boston ::
Megan’s Zine About Something ::

Papercut and Lorem Ipsum host Heels on Wheels!

Written By: drawmedy Published: Apr 15th, 2012

Last week we were excited to host the glitter roadshow “Heels on Wheels” along with Lorem Ipsum in the bookstore space.  The show features a whole slew of amazing performance artists, with a focus on giving voice to queer artist on the femme(inine) spectrum.  The show includes poetry, puppetry, movement, storytelling, and all kindsa awesome stuff.  It’s great to be able to host and partner with such fab, creative folks!

Happy Friday the 13th- check out our new gardening mini-exhibit!

Written By: Betty Slutsky Published: Apr 13th, 2012

The queer zine mini-exhibit is down, and the weather is being freaking weird, but it is definitely gardening time and one of our newer librarians has set up a mini-exhibit featuring some of our gardening zines!

Don’t forget that Papercut is not only a fantastic resource for your gardening needs, we are now open on Fridays again! So drop on by Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 2-7!

You can also swing by to return your zines any time the Lorem Ipsum bookstore is open.

Hearts from your zine librarians!

Fridays Added to our Open Hours!

Written By: kimberly Published: Apr 2nd, 2012

We are delighted to report that starting this Friday the 30th, members of our captivating librarian staff will be here to serve you each Friday between the hours of 2-7PM!

Again, these days you will find our library at 1299 Cambridge Street, in the back of Lorem Ipsum Books in Inman Square in Cambridge.  Our librarians staff the space Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from
Come on by and check us out!  Check some zines out! And check out the rad used bookstore in which we are now housed.


Written By: Betty Slutsky Published: Mar 25th, 2012

Did you know that one of your friendly Papercut librarians is an archivist in training? She was invited to talk at New England Archivists’ DIY-themed conference in Connecticut yesterday on a panel about Building Community Archives with Volunteers. For indeed, Papercut has always been a volunteer endeavor, and in May we will mark our seventh anniversary as such. At a packed session, also featuring representatives from Boston’s Occupy Library and Keene State’s Modern Poetry Archive, this Papercutie introduced a room bursting with archives professionals to the way we do things at Papercut, bringing along and circulating through the room for perusal over a dozen zines in the event that attendees had never encountered any (the zines that took the longest to come back: DIY Berlin: Be Your Own Damn Tour Guide, feminist bike zine Bay State Badass, There Has Been No Cover Up, exposing and fighting rape culture at Cornell University, and the Relationship Playbook from Pittsburgh). Attendees loved the zines and were fascinated and enraptured by the presentation.

Meanwhile, elsewhere at the conference, this Papercutie picked up a bottle of deacidification spray from the Preservation Technologies table, an operation run outside Pittsburgh. Most of the zines in our 14,000-item strong collection, while delightful, were generally not made for endurance. Though the cheapness of zines is generally listed among the virtues of the medium, the materials upon which most were made mean that as years and decades go by, the acid content of the paper will eventually cause the materials to devour themselves. No materials in our collections evince this more clearly than our newsprint items, plenty of which date back to the 1970s, and some from earlier. Before the bottle of deacidification spray ran out, our heroine managed to coat four copies of HOMOCORE (queer punks) from the late 80s and early 90s, as well as two anarchist-feminist publications from 1978, one produced in London and the other in JP.

True story.

So come on by! We’re here Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays 2-7 and if you ask very nicely and promise to be careful, you can examine the old things we keep hidden.

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